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Old 08-08-2001, 11:01 PM
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Stiff hydro-pneumatic rear end..

The rear suspension of my 1998 E320 wagon feels very stiff, almost rock hard sometimes. The MBZ dealer says it's just a "tight" car at 50,000 miles.

Is there any way to soften the rear struts via the auto-level system???

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Old 08-09-2001, 12:14 AM
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I also noticed that the W210 wagons rode kind of hard in a way. I think you just have to live with it. I don't know of any way to adjust the dampening. When I was a dealer tech, we didn't see any problems with those systems, only the AirMatic suspensions on the W220 S-Class. Those had pump problems thanks to DC's brilliant engineers placing the pumps where they could suck water in and hydro-lock themselves.
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Old 08-09-2001, 01:04 PM
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It's more comforting knowing it's not just me. My 1991 300E never rode this stiffly and I was concerned.

Is it difficult to "flush" the system???????

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